The Doctors: Chronic Pain Relief
On The Doctors, Dr. Travis Stork shared that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and Jennifer was another statistic until she found another way.
Jennifer explained that she was a very active person because she was a stay-at-home mom with four kids. One day she walked into a public bathroom, slipped, and hit her head. She said her life changed after that, and started getting shooting pain from her head, to her jaw, and down her neck. She even experienced pain between her shoulder blades.
She said she didn’t want to take a bunch of pills for the rest of her life, so she tried physical therapy and even epidural injections. She said the injections would help, but only for a few days. She said she had reached the end of her wits and knew that she needed to be able to focus on her relationships at home with her husband her kids.
The Drs TV: Cryoablation For Chronic Pain Relief
She said the symptoms were endless and constant and there wasn’t a second of a day that went by where she didn’t want to just “crawl up in a ball and cry” and that’s when cryoablation was offered to her.
She said once it happened, she felt like a completely different person. The severity decreased and she went from not being able to see to having no vision problems. She said it’s been six months and now the symptoms are starting to come back a little bit. She said she’s terrified of going all the way back to where she was. She’s electing to have the procedure done again.
The Doctors: Avoid Needless Suffering
The Doctors had been discussing unhealthy sins that we don’t even know we’re committing and number three was needless suffering. Dr. Travis Stork explained that there are so many treatments and options available that there is no reason to suffer.
Jennifer was actually on the show, in the procedure room with Dr. Andrew Ordon, to undergo a procedure that actually freezes pain away. Dr. Vernon D. Williams, the neurologist and pain management specialist performing the procedure on Jennifer, explained that the procedure is done using focused cold therapy, which can literally stop a nerve from sending pain signals. He said it’s a procedure that doesn’t involve any injections into the body or the use of any oral medications. It just modulates the nerve signals and stop the pain.
Dr. Rachael Ross asked if there was a potential for the patient to have rebound pain worse than before, after undergoing the procedure. Dr. Williams said no, because the procedure focuses the cold therapy on a very specific and safe zone. They stay outside of the unsafe temperature at which it could cause pain.
The Drs TV: Freeze Away Chronic Pain
To explain how the procedure works, Dr. Williams had Jennifer sit on a stool and lean over slightly to reveal the back of her neck. She had already been given a little bit of local anesthetic to numb the area. They then applied the local cold therapy using a special device that is small and easy to use. The device is the inserted into the back of her neck, and liquid nitric oxide was going through the probes and circulating through the unit. Nothing was actually going through the body. The nitric oxide cycled through in just about 60 seconds.
Dr. Travis Stork asked what other conditions the treatment might be effective for and Dr. Williams said he had experience using it for osteoarthritis and knee pain.
Dr. Ordon said that a lot of patients don’t want injections, so it’s good to know they have another option. The procedure and the device called Lovera, freeze the nerve with needles chilled to 120 degrees below zero.
Dr. Ross asked how long the pain relief will last, and Dr. Williams explained that it will relieve pain for about three months or so on average. It’s certainly a great option for pain relief, especially given that it’s non-invasive, non-toxic, and non-addictive.